“Flatliners 2017” is a remake of a 1990 movie. In this version we have five medical students who are obsessed by what lies beyond the confines of life. In other words, they want to know what happens when someone dies. To find out they embark on a daring experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife.
Even though both movies failed, the idea is very interesting because, like those young doctors, everybody wants to know what comes after we die. This is why every religion and philosophy, in one way or the other, deals with this topic.
Here are some of those ideas:
A – Rebirth into another life form (Eastern Religions and New Age)
This is the reincarnation theory.
B – An unconscious state of the soul (Seventh Day Adventism)
They believe that the soul and the body sleep, waiting for the resurrection.
C – Being absorbed by the “cosmic consciousness” (Buddhism)
After many stages of progress the person finally reaches the Nirvana.
D – The doorway into eternal bliss for everyone (Universalism)
They believe that everybody goes to Heaven.
E – The end of our existence (Humanism)
It is the same as the atheists believe, the person ceases to exist.
F – Soul Migration (Animistic or Tribal Religions)
They believe that the soul remains and wanders on the earth, or travels to join the departed spirits of the ancestors in the underworld, also called the realm of the shadows
Some people take a different route; they joke around and make fun of those who have a strong belief, probably because they do not want to deal or think about it. People take it lightly and because of that they do not understand the seriousness of the situation.
In the New Testament we have a story that Jesus told which can help us to understand His ideas about what happens when we die. The story is found in Luke 16: 19-31. It is the story of The Rich Man and Lazarus. It comes straight from Jesus’ mouth. Some people believe that it is a parable, even though a parable is a story to illustrate a spiritual lesson. Being a parable does not mean that the event did not happen.
Other people believe that this is a real story because Jesus names two people in the story: Abraham and Lazarus. It would be the only parable in which Jesus did that.
Our goal here is to learn what happens when we die. The first lesson that Jesus teaches us about death in this story is that life continues. Death is not the end of our existence. In this text Jesus describes what happened with both men:“Luke 16:22-23 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side.”
Do not be fooled by any religion, philosophy, and opinion that tells you that everything ends when you die. Jesus made clear in this story that there is life after death.
Have a blessed week,